The Cloud Is Not the Cloud

which-cloudChances are you’ve been hearing a lot about “the cloud” and the different ways your construction company can benefit by moving to the cloud. But did you know the cloud is not the cloud? Or, to state that more clearly, there is not just one generic cloud. Cloud computing comes in different flavors and it’s important to know the difference between them in order to select a solution that will help you meet your goals. I’ll outline some of the major differences below, but feel free to contact me if you have questions specific to your business..

Public clouds what most people think of when they hear about “the cloud”. Construction firms benefit from the cloud because the cost of infrastructure is spread out among all of the companies using that cloud. Public clouds typically are usually built on a larger scale than an in-house cloud solution, which makes it easier for companies easily scale their systems as their needs grow.

On the downside, because public clouds are supporting a large number of businesses who are sharing the same resources, they often have to put limits on configurations, security protections and availability variances.

Private clouds, on the other hand, are built exclusively for one business, thus removing the limitations of public clouds mentioned above.

Your private cloud can  be an “internal cloud”, meaning you host it in your own datacenter. This option is usually only feasible for larger companies with an extensive IT infrastructure and staff.

An externally-hosted private cloud will probably be a better fit for most builders and construction company owners reading this blog, In this configuration, the hosting provider builds a virtual environment specifically for your companies needs.

This short (~2min) video from our friends at Trapp Online, does a nice job of explaining the different types of clouds.